“As usual, we think the Liuwa Plain is one of the most delightful areas we have ever seen. highlights included not one but TWO wild ...”The Barretts - UK June 2012 more guest feedback
Fantastic birding in a remote and sort after destination plus guiding by the legendary Robin Pope or one of our top guides as icing on the cake!
Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in a remote section of Western Zambia. Few people have ventured into the Liuwa Plain due to its relative inaccessibility. However the prolific birdlife, vast open grasslands and wildebeest migration make it one of Africa's last true wildernesses and a huge attraction to the bush fundi.
In May and June the rains have gone, but there is plenty of water remaining in the pools providing water for all the inhabitants. Liuwa Plains is home to many antelope species that are rare in other locations such as roan, red lechwe, steinbuck, oribi, duiker and the occasional roans and tsessebe. African Parks has re-introduced eland and buffalo and their numbers are expected to increase. The area is famous for its abundant birdlife as a mix of plains and woodland allow a larger diversity of species. More unusual species include pink throated longclaw, sooty chat, black winged pratincoles and wattled cranes. The rolling grasslands and diversity give rise to many superb photographic opportunities.
Tips on activities offered:
Matamanene Camp: walking and game drives.
From Lusaka, taking off around 0800 hours, the charter flight to Kalabo will take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on the aircraft. The first half of the flight is over the extensive Kafue River flats - with water, reed and channels as far as the eye can see. After flying over the Iteshi Iteshi dam the landscape changes to sandveldt bush. Then you will see Mongu to the left and the Zambezi River and its surrounding flood plain. Kalabo is a further 10 minutes. You will be met by Robin or the guide and driven to the pontoon to cross the Luanginga River. The harbour seems to be the centre of this remote town and there are plenty of activity to watch. The drive to camp takes you through woodland on sandy roads and then out onto the open plain where you’ll a stop for a picnic lunch before reaching camp, usually before 4pm, depending on what you see along the way. The game and birds will start to slow you down!
After settling in and having a rest, the afternoon drive will take you out onto the plains. There will be a host of birds and wildlife to see. Sunset will be out on the plains, with a well-earned drink and then you will head back to camp for showers, the campfire and dinner.
Itinerary Set departures, either 4 or 5 nights at Matamanene Camp.
Rates 4 nights US$4216, 5 nights US$4975 per person sharing inclusive of VAT.
Includes All safari costs (activities, national park fees, bar and laundry).
Excludes Departure taxes, visa and flights.
Valid May & June 2014
Extra Charter flight seat rate US$1180 per person Lusaka/Kalabo and return.